Locals Score a Victory against the Encroachment Culture in Coorg

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After the Barapole Dam was forced to change in scale and did no damage in Coorg, there is another bit of good news for the Nature-loving people of this district.

Kaveri Sene has won a case in court, preventing the Government from handing over precious Gomala land to various parties for construction.

The State Government wanted to hand over 24 acres of Gomala (cattle grazing land) at Arji Village, near Virajpet, to a Valmiki Community Bhavan, a police quarters and a religious site.

Two of our stalwarts Keethianda C Subbaiah who is an Arji Village local, and Ravi Chengappa of Kaveri Sene went to Court to stop the State Government from taking over 24 precious acres of open Gomala grazing land.

The court has instructedthe Government not to use Gomala land for any development activity.Open Gomala land is vital catchment area for rain water to supply streams, wells and rivers. Besides cattle have a natural right to it.

While speaking to Ravi Chengappa, he revealed that another such attempt was being made by the Government .

“I have filed a similar case against an attempt to take overGomala land in Kushalnagar too,” he said.

Encroachment has been eroding our Nature and culture steadily over the last few decades.Now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.